T. G. Masaryk and the Jewish Question

T. G. Masaryk and the Jewish Question
ISBN: 978-80-246-3879-90
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Miloš Pojar

T. G. Masaryk and the Jewish Question

An English translation of a successful title by the first post-1989 Czech ambassador to Israel, Miloš Pojar. The book is a result of the author’s life-long interest in this difficult and taboo theme. Starting with the first publication of the samizdat collection, TGM and Our Present Day, Czech anti-Semitism has been newly researched in a broad context. This book presents a useful summary of Tomás Garrigue Masaryk’s stances from his writings and political activities, including a detailed description of the historic first visit of the head of the state to Palestine in 1927. The English edition contains a preface by Shlomo Avineri and a personal essay by Petr Pithart.


Preface (Shlomo Avineri)

1. Childhood, Youth, Studies; Univeristy of Vienna (1850-1882)
2. Masaryk's Study of the Jewish Question (1882-1914)
Jews in the Czech lands from the mid-19th Century to 1914
Masaryk's arrival in Prague
3. Masaryk and the Social Question: Marx and Masaryk: The Jewish Question
Marx and Judaism
Marx and his critique of Judaism
Masaryk and social issues
Masaryk's critique of Marx's views on the Jewish question
4. Masaryk and Religion
5. Masaryk and Anti-Semitism: The Hilsner Affair
Anti-Semintism in Austria and the Czech lands in the second half of the 19th century
The Hilsner Affair
6. Masaryk and the Czech Jewish Movement
The status of Jews in the Czech lands post-1650
Laws concerning Jews in the reign of Joseph II
Jewish emancipation
7. Masaryk and Zionism to 1918
8. Masaryk and the Jews During the First Republic
The First Czechoslovak Republic
Jews in the First Republic
T.G. Masaryk and the Zionists
T.G. Masaryk and the Czecho-Jews
the Friday group
9. Masaryk's Visit to Palestine in 1927
10. Masaryk and Notable Jews

Afterword: Converging Destinies in the Thought and Life of Miloš Pojar (Petr Pithart)

Karolinum, Prague 2019, 258 pages, 130 x 200 mm, ISBN 978-80-246-3879-90